by John Hawkins | November 29, 2010 6:25 am
It’s interesting to note, especially given that we have a Democratic President in the White House, the different reactions to the latest Wikileaks document dump. The left side of the blogosphere seems, with a few exceptions, to range from indifference to support for Wikileaks. Bloggers on the Right don’t seem to be taking it as lightly (Incidentally, I stand by my The CIA Should Kill Julian Assange piece and will be doubling down on it tomorrow if Townhall will publish it.) Here are a few reactions of note:
Now I am not minimizing the damage these ass clowns have done to our security, it is already way past the point where I think Assange should be looking at the inside of a container on a ship doing lazy racetracks around the Indian Ocean. But the idea that there is a scintilla of legitmate altruism in this whole sorry affair is well past it’s stench date. — Blackfive
Forget the content of the leaks for a moment, this is a moment of impotence so complete and horrifying—the Jerusalem Post notes that Israel’s leaders were notified but that US officials aren’t sure what’s in the documents—that America is diminished before everyone.
…The cavalier nonchalance of some on the left, in particular, about this leak speaks volumes. Aren’t these the same folks who deified Valerie Plame? But wholesale diplomatic revelations is okay? I don’t get the justification here. — Melissa Clouthier
Why not? WikiLeaks is not the end of the world. Yes, the leaks could well get people killed – the tragic irony of a website that claims its mission is to be as a force for good. [Note to Assange: Can you sleep at night? Really?] Still, WikiLeaks is not likely to reorder the world order.
Nations are not going to stop cooperating because of leaks or, for that matter stop sharing secrets. After all, what choice do they have? Nations cooperate with the United States not because they like Obama and his doctrine but because it is in their interest to do so. Leaks are not going to stop nations from acting in their self interest.
And after all what can the U.S. do? The WikiLeaks are like an evil genie, once out, the documents can’t be forced back in the bottle.
The administration can, however, do two things to repair the damage wrought by WikiLeaks. First, it can embrace a foreign policy that our adversaries fear and our friends respect. Nobody gets more cooperation than a winner. For starters, the president should dump the New START treaty – its one-sidedness makes the U.S. look like a lousy negotiator in the eyes of the world… and a patsy in the eyes of the Russians. He should also reject out of hand calls to gut the defense budget and just flat out declare that America will stick it out in Iraq and Afghanistan until the job is done. And while he’s at it, he could stand up to China and stop extending the hand of friendship to regimes interested in a world without freedom or America.
Second, the administration can hunt down any American connected with these leaks, try them for treason, and seek the death penalty. They deserve nothing less. Ordered liberty rejects the notion that any one citizen can jeopardize lives and give away America’s secrets – just because they feel like it. — The Corner
Today’s Wikileaks leak is historic. Never before has a superpower lost control of such vast amounts of sensitive information. The The leaked documents presumably came from the same source- Private First Class Bradley Manning — who was bitter after a breakup with his boyfriend. Manning, smuggled the information out of a secure facility on a CD-RW labeled “Lady Gaga.” — Gateway Pundit
Accused rapist Julian Assange* continued to justify the upcoming backlash against transparency this weekend by promising to illegally release more classified government documents on the notorious site Wikileaks.
…*But never let it be said that I’m hardhearted: I’m going to no doubt feel really, really awful when Assange ends up committing what will be clearly suicide. — Moe Lane
Whether or not someone gets killed as a direct result of a Wikileaks disclosure, the damage to our country is deep, as allies and sources among enemies will stop cooperating with us for fear of exposure, our diplomats will be hesitant to speak frankly with headquarters, and our intelligence on al-Qaeda and others will be compromised.
We are the laughingstock of the world, an impotent superpower whose response to those who aid our enemies is to write a letter asking them not to do it. Yes, Harold Koh the State Department’s chief lawyer, sent a demand freakin’ letter to Wikileaks.
…Have we lost our minds? Wikileaks is about hurting us, bringing us down, damaging our relations with others, rendering us impotent. This is not about open government policy, as if Wikileaks went a bit too far on its class project.
Julian Assange should have been indicted by now, and if the law did not allow more punitive measures in this circumstance, then the law should have been changed after the first document dump. Assange is an enemy of our country and should be treated as such. — Le:·gal In:·sur:·rec:·tion
Then there is the matter of Wikileaks. Why its founder, Julian Assange, continues to walk free, is mind boggling given the extent of the leaking he is doing. The founder of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, Larry Sanger, directly says Wikileaks and, consequently, Mr. Assange, is an enemy of the United States.
In Yemen we send unmanned aerial vehicles to deal with American enemies. The best we’ve done so far with Mr. Assange is send him a letter and plead with his sensibilities – to no avail no less. — Erick Erickson, Redstate
The criminality of self-righteous WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange aside, the State Department or other government nincompoops who authored the leaked documents and emails calling Sarkozy a “naked emperor,” etc., deserve to be terminated for extreme doofuss-ness. These days, a school child knows that what you write digitally is forever indelible. — Roger Simon
But the real damage of this document dump is what it will do to American foreign policy. The United States looks like a bumbling fool in the eyes of the world. The Wikileaks people funnel documents to the press at will, for the sole purpose of damaging U.S. relations with other countries, our war efforts, and our intelligence capability. These leaks are an attack on the US and we do almost nothing about it.
Whether or not someone gets killed because of these Wikileaks disclosures, the damage to our country is severe, as allies and sources among enemies will stop cooperating with us for fear of exposure, our diplomats will be hesitant to speak openly with headquarters, and our intelligence on al-Qaeda and others will be compromised.
We are the laughingstock of the world, we look impotent. The United States is supposedly a superpower whose only response to the Wikileaks disclosure is pathetically, a sternly worded letter. — Yid With Lid
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